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cover The Writer Writing : Philosophic Acts in Literature by Francis-Noel Thomas, Wayne C. Booth.  

In an age of authorless, contextless, deconstructed texts, Francis-Nol Thomas argues that it is time to re-examine a fundamental but neglected concept of literature: writing is an action whose agent is an individual. Addressing both general readers and scholars, Thomas offers two cases, Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan and Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, read against the background of the authors' large, eccentric, and surprisingly similar claims about their texts as acts. He examines what happens when we take these claims seriously enough to find out why the authors made them in the first place and what bearing they have on the texts themselves. In an age of authorless, contextless, deconstructed texts, Francis-Nol Thomas argues that it is time to re-examine a fundamental but neglected concept of literature: writing is an action whose agent is an individual....  

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Philosophical Writing:  An Introduction.   by Aloysius P. Martinich

This is the substantially updated and revised edition of A. P. Martinich┬┤s best-selling text, Philosophical Writing: An Introduction . Its goal is to help those with little or no experience in philosophy to write successfully. By improving students┬┤ ability to present their knowledge and thoughts clearly, it helps them gain confidence in their essay-writing skills. This new edition includes three new sections on Contraries and Contradictories, Distinctions, and Definitions, as well as a glossary of those terms peculiar to philosophical prose (such as "obtain" and "straw man"). The second edition also retains the highly-acclaimed commentary on features of an essay, showing the evolution from draft stage to completion of a good paper, a crash course on logic and a clear description of types of reasoning. It also discusses the special problem of being a student-author writing for a professor. 

Writing Philosophy Papers by Zachary Seech

This text covers the many kinds of writing assignments in philosophy for which students are often ill-prepared. With this text they will have the resources to learn necessary skills, e.g., organization, documentation, how to write a thesis defense or comparison and contrast paper.

Undergrad Philosophical Writing

The writing manual comes in a short version and a long version. The two are basically the same, except that the long one has much, much, more detail. The short version is keyed with links to appropriate places in the long version, so that readers with limited time can get more details if they really need them.

Study Skills Center
By Peter Zeegers.  The University Study Skills Centre plays an important role in the University's commitment to providing an environment which will enable all students to achieve their maximum academic potential.  

Learning development is available for:

  • English for academic and professional purposes 
  • English language assistance for International and ESL students 
  • Essay preparation/writing 
  • Evaluation of learning style/approach 
  • Exam preparation and techniques 
  • Mathematical skills for non-math majors 
  • Referencing formats 
  • Research proposals and reports 
  • Strategies for independent 
Tips in Writing Academic Essays in Philosophy

Essay by W. Martin Davies.  This is an excellent list of things to do and not to do when writing philosophy papers.

A Brief Guide to Writing Philosophy Papers

Another helpful guide by Richard Field.

Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper

An excellent guide for writing philosophy papers by Asst. Prof James Pryor, Dept. of Philosophy at Harvard University.  This guide includes a guide for grammar.

How to Write a Philosophy Paper

By Istvan Berkeley

Good and Bad in Philosophy Essays

By Prof. R. W. Hepburn.  Much of the philosophy you are being introduced to is argument—cases for and against philosophical positions, theories, points of view. You are required, in writing philosophy, to take part in that argument—not merely to recount the arguments you find in texts and hear in lectures. Of course, you will use some of the arguments you find there (with acknowledgement), but you must critically examine them—rejecting them or making them your own, and giving your reasons. Your essay, then, has to be not a piece of history of ideas, but a piece of reasoned, argued discourse.

Philosophical Terms and

A guide explaining the use of philosophical terms, foreign expressions, arguments, concepts, etc. for writing Philosophy papers.  By Asst. Prof James Pryor, Dept. of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Giving Presentations and Leading Discussions

By Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College.    How to first give a presentation and then lead discussion on the topics of your presentation for the rest of the hour. 

A Research Guide for Students

This site by I Lee offers quick click to Search Engines, Search Tools, and other Research Guides. A virtual Library of useful URLs including philosophy. How to write an A+ research paper, do presentation, write footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical references and bibliography using MLA style documentation. Numerous examples given, including Internet citations. 

Philosophical Debates

A collection of introductory bibliographies on some of the major philosophical questions throughout history.

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